The chill between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress in West Bengal continued to deepen with TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee slamming the Congress for opposing Mamata Banerjee and daring it to go to the polls alone.
It is not a dignified thing to be a part of the cabinet of the present government and at the same time criticize it. One should not remain in the post (then), said Chatterjee,hitting at Manas Bhuniya,the former WBPCC president and now a cabinet minister in the Mamata government. Please go to polls without the picture of Mamata Banerjee adorning your campaign. Your deposit will be forfeited, said Chatterjee.
Another TMC minister Firad Hakim launched a similar attack and ridiculed Congress MLAs,saying that the West Bengal government was not dependent on Congress support as it had two-thirds majority. In Delhi,the Congress government will have to depend on us, he said.
Underlining the bitterness,the TMC announced that its youth wing would hold a rally in Kolkata on January 9 to counter the campaign by the Congress.
Said Chatterjee: It is of serious concern to us,the way the CPM and the Congress are speaking in the same language and campaigning against the Mamata Banerjee government. She is the face of the people in the state and any attempt to malign it will meet with a disastrous end. Asked about an impending split,he said: We will cross the bridge when we come to it.
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